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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about otitis media?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Middle ear infection: This is typically a bacterial infection of the middle ear, not the outer ear(canal) or inner ear. It usually is triggered by a viral upper respiratory infection or allergies. Treatment involves decongestants, mucus thinners (guaifenesin), sometimes nasal or oral steroids, and usually antibiotics.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor ; another wall composed by the skull ; the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous ; cause infection.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Serious otitis media, can you tell me what can I do about this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Be seen: What is serious otitis media? Have you been seen? Are you on antibiotics? Other things that can help include...Garlic/willow drops in the ear, homeopathic remedies like belladonna or pulsatilla or chamomille.. You can learn more form homeopathy at home by m panos or by seeing a homeopathic practitioner in your area.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what can I do , if I have otitis media?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Some debate: I would recommend seeing a doctor to establish the diagnosis. Then you may benefit from antibiotics, as well as other medicines to help the underlying cause. Don't recommend ignoring it.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is otitis media?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Inflamation mid/ear: Otitis media is a broad term that includes various forms of inflamation of the middle ear. That space is like a cave in the skull, with the ear drum on one wall, a drain tube (eustacion tube) in the floor & another wall composed by the skull & the ear nerve. The walls make mucous which normally drains but can be trapped. Germs can feed on the trapped mucous & cause infection.

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